General Glen VanHerck, USAF, Commander, U.S. Northern Command

General Glen VanHerck, USAF

Commander, U.S. Northern Command

Glen David VanHerck was born in October 1962 in Murray, Kentucky, and grew up in Bismarck, Missouri. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri and was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He earned an MS in Aviation Safety Management from the University of Central Missouri and has had considerable other education through the U.S. military. He is a command pilot with more than 3,200 flying hours.

He served as an instructor pilot and flight examiner and additionally served as a U.S. Air Force Weapons School Instructor. He has commanded at the squadron, group, and wing level, and commanded the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center. He has also had numerous staff positions including as the Vice Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy for the Joint Staff and the Vice Director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.

Since August 2020, VanHerck has been Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command out of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In the News…

North Korea might begin flight testing an improved design for its intercontinental ballistic missile “in the near future,” the head of the U.S. Northern Command said. Such a move would sharply increase tensions between Pyongyang and Washington.

Since North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un released himself from a moratorium some 18 months ago, production of nuclear weapons for his arsenal has continued, he has launched a series of smaller missiles and unveiled what would be North Korea’s largest ICBM yet in the nation’s October celebratory parade.

“The North Korean regime has also indicated that it is no longer bound by the unilateral nuclear and ICBM testing moratorium announced in 2018, suggesting that Kim Jong Un may begin flight testing an improved IBM design in the near future,” General VanHerck told the Senate Armed Services Committee.


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